Violent crime and burglaries are down, police stats show

Crimes resulting in bodily harm are at an all-time low, Rigspolitiet announces

According to crime statistics released by the national police organisation Rigspolitiet, violent crime is at an historic low. Through the first half of 2012, 8,980 cases of crimes resulting in bodily harm were reported, a three percent decrease over the same period last year and a 22 percent drop when compared to the first half of 2006.

“I am very pleased to see that there is a decrease in bodily harm and that the risk of being exposed to violence has decreased,” Rigshospitalet commissioner Jens Henrik Højbjerg said in a statement. “But of course we should remember that behind every single case is a citizen who has been exposed to an unacceptable action.”

The statistics also showed a four percent drop in the number of burglaries, a development welcomed by the justice minister, Morten Bodskøv (Socialdemokraterne).

“For me, it is very important that the police are helping to create a sense of security for the average Dane, so it is very positive that we can see that the increased police action is working,” he said.